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EFSA welcomes stakeholder views on cumulative assessment group methodology

Launched in July 2013 and covering a 10-week public consultation, stakeholders delivered feedback on EFSA’s new approach for grouping pesticides that paves the way for implementing cumulative risk assessment (CRA) of these substances.

The opinion identifies pesticides to be included in groups for joint assessment based on their toxicological properties in a specific organ or organ system.  Stakeholders were asked to provide feedback in two areas:

  • to refine the way the methodology is applied in practice; and
  • to contribute to establishing further cumulative assessment groups (CAGs).

As a first step, EFSA’s opinion had defined CAGs for the thyroid and central nervous systems only.

EFSA has confirmed that there was general support from stakeholders for the methodology and its contribution towards implementing CRA of pesticides in the EU; however the concern raised by industry was the scientific robustness of the approach, which leads to the formation of large CAGs.  EFSA has noted these concerns, but says that current gaps in scientific knowledge mean a conservative approach is needed to deliver a high level of consumer protection.

The World Health Organisation has suggested that dialogue between EFSA and its international partners would be valuable in developing the CAG approach further, a proposal which EFSA has welcomed.

EFSA’s next step will focus on carrying out full cumulative risk assessments for the CAGs already established by the PPR Panel and deriving additional CAGs for other organs and organ systems.

EFSA will hold a stakeholder meeting on 11 February 2014 to further discuss its CAG methodology.  Whilst registration for the meeting is closed, details of the meeting will be published shortly after it takes place.

Please contact JSC if you require further advice on cumulative risk assessments: +44(0)1423 520245,

Published 6th February 2014
Categories Agrochemicals, News
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